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Renting tubes for the Guadalupe River

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Renting tubes for the Guadalupe River

I've heard great things about floating down the Guadalupe River and was wondering what company I should use for renting the tubes. Are some companies better than others? Do they all put you in at the same place in the river? Any advice would be great!

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1. Re: Renting tubes for the Guadalupe River

I've used many different companies over the years, but I like the Gruene River Company the best because they seem more "professional" than some of the others....but any company will do. The prices seem to be about the same. They will take you as far up the river as you want to go. they'll ask you if you want to float for 2 hours, 3 hours, 4 hours, etc....and drop you off accordingly. I personally like tubes with bottoms, so you don't hit your backside on rocks when you go down the occassional rapids. Enjoy!

Gruene River Company: http://www.toobing.com/

A web site with links to many tubing providers: http://www.river-fun.com/

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2. Re: Renting tubes for the Guadalupe River

We were just in Texas from Toronto this past weekend and used the Gruene company for renting the tubes. We paid $12 for each tube and yes...i would highly recommend getting one with a bottom as there are some big rocks that you may scrape yourself on if you happen to hit them. We only did the 2 hour journey and got off at the M??? Mills/Hills area. PLEASE be careful upon coming to this exit as there is a small raging rapid that somehow pulls you close to a tree in the middle fo the river. I ended up going into it and got pulled under by the tree. Luckily a friend i was with pulled me up but it was quite alarming for a few secs. There were people there to tell you to stay to the left but you can't help the flow of the river. Just be careful around this area. No complaints about the Gruene company.

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3. Re: Renting tubes for the Guadalupe River

Toobing the Comal or Guadalupe Rivers:

Texas Tubes http://www.texastubes.com/

Rockin R River Outfitters http://www.rockinr.com/

The lower Guadalupe tends to have 20 somethings and lots of drinking. It has shallows and rapids and slow deep water. I would get a tube with a bottom for this trip.

The Comal, has a slightly older crowd, and slightly less drinking. It runs through a pretty urban (by river standards - houses and condos.) It has deep water so very little danger of bumping your bottom and a cement tube chute that is loads of fun.

For a float that’s a little more off the beaten path try starting at the Bergheim Campgrounds. We did this about 8 weeks ago, six of us took off from work at about one o’clock, drove up there, and were on the river by 2:30. We encountered only 3 other groups, and had a great time. The float took about 3 1/2 hours. We take homemade sangria, snacks and water. Life is good!

Tubes were $12 each which includes the shuttle back to the campground. They hold your car keys for you – don’t ever take them on the river with you.

General info about the upper Guadalupe River can be found at http://southwestpaddler.com/docs/guad3.html

The Campgrounds web site is http://www.bergheimcampground.com/

For all of the rivers, they are natural and change, they do have dangerous spots, keep alert and use common sense and you'll be fine.

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4. Re: Renting tubes for the Guadalupe River

The experience is great, and one of the quintessential Texas summer activities. I can only add that some friends and I had an unpleasant experience with the Rockin R folks a few years back. After renting tubes from Rockin R and taking their shuttle, the Rockin R staff of teenage boys attemped to stop us from entering the river because they didn't see us get of their shuttle, despite the fact that we had tubes with their logo on them. I chastised the punks for their audacity, and we went tubing anyway. I'm sure this was a rare event, but we've never used them again, and I'm more than willing to tell others.

The best advice I can give is to get there early to whatever outfitter you use.

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5. Re: Renting tubes for the Guadalupe River

Thanks, just went to www.toobing.com and they have a discount coupon 20% off Mon-Thur and 10% off Friday and Sun.